Events, Spring 2017

February 6, 2017

The Making of The Making of a Murderer
Hall Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Writer/producers Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi reveal the stories behind the stories in their popular Netflix 2015-16 series “The Making of a Murderer.” Free but required tickets will be available February 1 at the box office. Sponsored by the Lecture Series. The event also includes a 4:30 p.m. press conference in Williams Hall 107.

February 7, 2017

The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in about an Hour
Hall Auditorium, 6:30 p.m.

Kamau, an internationally recognized comedian and political activist who has created shows for CNN and FX, will be speaking about modern-day racism and what communities can do to combat it. Free tickets may be picked up at the Hall Auditorium ticket window any time Tuesday. Presented by Miami Associated Student Government.

February 14, 2017

Terence Moore
Williams Hall 107, 3 p.m.

Sports journalist and visiting MJF journalism professor Terence Moore presents “Sports & The Donald: How the World of Athletics Paved the Way for Trump's Twitter Addiction. Sponsored by MJF.

February 16, 2017

George Packer
ASC Wilks Theater, 7 p.m.

Author, journalist and New Yorker contributor George Packer presents “History, Literature and The American Promise." Sponsored by The Humanities Center.

February 24, 2017

The Performance of Modern Life
Harrison Hall 210, 11:30 a.m.

Chris Stolarski from Oberlin College presents “The Performance of Modern Life: Photography and Public Identify in Late Imperil Russia." Stolarski will examine how photographers and magazine editors collaborated with the public to create an image of Russia as modern, European and politically progressive. Sponsored by the Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies.

March 2, 2017

The Gunning of America
Shideler Hall 152, 5 p.m.

Author/historian Pamela Haag presents “The Gunning of America.” This is the first annual American Studies Program lecture, with support from MJF and the Humanities Center.

March 6, 2017

Drew Dudley
ASC Wilks Theater, 7:30 p.m.

Leadership expert Drew Dudley presents "Everyday Leadership: Leading with Lollipops. Free but required tickets will be available March 1 at the box office. Sponsored by Lecture Series.

March 8, 2017

George Creel and the Propaganda Machine
Art Museum, 5:30 p.m.

Miami Art Museum presents George Creel and the Propaganda Machine, with museum curator Jason Shaiman discussing the muckraking journalist whom President Wilson appointed to head the Committee on Public Information at the start of WWI.

March 9, 2017

Patrick Keating
Shideler Hall 152, 4:30 p.m.

Patrick Keating of Trinity University presents "John Ford's The Grapes of Wrath: Representing the Great Depression through Movement."

March 14, 2017

Can Both Black and Blue Lives Matter?
ASC Wilks Theater, 6-7 p.m.

Featuring filmmaker Dawn Porter and Manhattan Institute fellow Heather MacDonald, Miami's Janus Forum and Political Science Department presents "Can Both Black and Blue Lives Matter?."

March 30, 2017

Representations of Head Injuries in Hollywood Sports Films
McGuffey Hall 322, 6:30 p.m.

The Department of Kinesiology & Health presents its biannual Alan G. Ingham Memorial Lecture, this year titled “From Tweety Bird to Tragedy: Representations of Head Injuries in Hollywood Sports Films.” Dr. Sarah K. Fields, Ph.D./J.D., University of Colorado, Denver, will speak.

April 3, 2017

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Hall Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

"Beyond Black and White with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar" with Abdul-Jabbar sitting for a conversation about his book "Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White.” Free but required tickets will be available March 29 at the box office. Sponsored by Lecture Series.

April 3, 2017

MJF Alumni Days Panel
Williams Hall 107, 4 p.m.

MJF Alumni Days culminates with a panel discussion event. Guests include Lynn Berry Smith (host of HLN’s “Weekend Express”), Jeff Peuges (justice and homeland security correspondent for CBS News), Amy Storer Scalia (founder, publisher and editor in chief of Cincy Chic), Laura Melillo Barnum (former Executive Director of Yum! Brands Foundation), and Chris Molnar (producer of NCIS: Los Angeles).

April 4, 2017

Project Civility
Harry Wilks Conference Center (Hamilton campus), 2 p.m.

A panel discussion that includes speakers Leland G. Spencer, Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary & Communication Studies on the Hamilton campus; WCPO videographer Scott Wegener, who helps at-risk youths make movies; Madison Local Schools superintendent; and a Mercy Health physician.

April 11, 2017

Social Media Guidelines for Reporting Suicide
Williams Hall 112, 2 p.m.

In this 90-minute hands-on workshop for journalists, journalism students and mental health experts, two trainers will teach the strategies and language to share stories that are informative, accurate and meaningful to the communities they serve. Presenters are John Ackerman, suicide prevention coordinator with Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and Nerissa Young, lecturer in journalism at Ohio State University.

April 14, 2017

Civility and Academic Freedom: Extending the Conversation
Mosler Hall, Harriet Taylor Room, 5th floor, Hamilton campus, 4 p.m.

Recent rhetorical scholarship has focused on the definition of civility and the relationships among civility, freedom of speech, and academic freedom, with some scholars claiming that calls for civility always squelch academic freedom. Taking up the case of a student organization at a university campus as an exemplar, the presenters argue that in some contexts at least, civility should be considered a condition for academic freedom and freedom of speech rather than an obstacle to such freedom. Presenters include Leland G. Spencer and Pamela M. Tyahur, Hamilton faculty; and Jennifer A. Jackson, MJF visiting assistant professor.

April 19, 2017

Get with the Times
Williams Hall 130, 9 p.m.

Get With The Times is a new event series from The New York Times that brings students together to discuss vital issues that face the world today. Tony Award-winning actor Leslie Odom, Jr. and New York Times political reporter Yamiche Alcindor will discuss student activism, post-truth politics and the state of our nation during a Facebook Live event, with participating students encouraged to submit their questions.

April 26, 2017

Special screening of "High-Risk"
Wilks Theatre (ASC), 7 p.m.

The Miami Student has asked dozens of students, administrators and Oxford residents the same question: “How do you define Miami’s drinking culture?” The Student's coverage, both in print and in a news documentary, explores the ways in which alcohol is regarded and consumed by Miami students. Its reporting addresses the societal, historical and mental health-related issues that surround drinking in Oxford. The screening will be followed by a brief Q&A with the staff. For more details, visit the TMS Facebook page.

April 27, 2017

This Isn't Virginia: Waging the Civil War in the 1960s Television Western
Kreger Hall 221, 4 p.m.

Jennifer Fuller, MJF visiting assistant professor, media historian and critical race scholar, will examine how television westerns' portrayals of former Confederates were shaped by the Cold War-era fears and desires about national identity.

April 27, 2017

Can Both Black and Blue Lives Matter?
FSB Taylor Auditorium, 6-8:30 p.m.

A Janus Forum event featuring conservative commentator Heather MacDonald of the Manhattan Institute and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley. Free but required tickets are available at the box office in CAB or by calling 513-529-3200.

Fall 2017

August 25, 2017

Stephen T. Williams convocation speech
Roudebush Hall "hub", 9 a.m.

Stephen T. Williams, mayor of Huntington, W.V., presents convocation speech with theme related to Summer Reading Program book “Hillbilly Elegy.”

September 5, 2017

Williams Hall 107, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

MJF majors are invited to learn about MJF travel programs, student media, student organizations and other MJF opportunities.

September 7, 2017

The Motherhood Archives
Shideler Hall 32, 7-9 p.m.

Screening and Q&A, with documentary filmmaker Irene Lusztig. Read more about the film.

September 19, 2017

Richard E. Mayer
Psychology Building 125, 3 p.m.

The Miami Alum ('69) talks about how psychologists use video games and multimedia for education.

September 25, 2017

Katty Kay
Hall Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

“The View from Outside,” with BBC Anchor Katty Kay. The ticket office (CAB034) will begin distributions of free but required tickets at 8 a.m. Sept. 20.

September 27, 2017

Streaming Death
Irvin Hall 40, 5 p.m.

Jennifer Malkowski, Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studiesat Smith College, will present "Streaming Death: The Politics of Dying on Youtube." Sponsored by the Department of Media, Journalism and Film, the Film Studies Program, and the Comparative Media Studies Program.

September 28, 2017

Kevin B. Lee
McGuffey Hall 322, 5 p.m.

Kevin B. Lee, film critic, filmmaker, and leading practicioner of videographic criticism will present "A Brief History of the Video Essay."

October 10, 2017

Gary Moore
Shriver Center Dolibois A, 4 p.m.

Journalist/author Gary Moore presents “The 'Rosewood Massacre' of 1923 and the Strange History of American Reporting on Race and Violence."

October 18, 2017

Oxford City Council election debate
ASC Wilks Theater, 7:30 p.m.

The Miami Student will host a debate of the Oxford City Council candidates. Read more information about the candidates on the Student site and check out its Facebook event.

October 19, 2017

Rick Ludwin
107C Williams Hall, 7 p.m.

Rick Ludwin, Miami class of 1970 and former executive vice president of late night and entertainment programming at NBC, presents "How Late Night TV Made Fun of Washington This Year."

October 19, 2017

The Big College Event
Duke Energy Convention Center, Cincinnati, 4-9 p.m.

MJF student Paige Garty invites you to The Big College Event, a life/career fair in Cincinnati with transportation available from Oxford. For more information, watch this video, or contact Paige, Miami's TBCE ambassador, at Registration continues through Oct. 16.

October 26, 2017

Exit Plans
Williams Hall 107, 2:45-4 p.m.,

Miami's "18 of the Last 9" 2017 honorees, with ties to MJF, talk about their career paths, in Exit Plans. Guests are Ibukun Ibraheem, who earned a BA in STC in 2016, and is now an assistant project manager for Adidas in Portland; James Earl Cox III, who earned a BA in Mass Comm, ENG/Creative Writing and IMS in 2014 and now runs a game design company called Seemingly Pointless in Los Angeles; and Cristina Rue, a 2011 political science grad who participated in the Inside Washington program and is now a senior associate in the D.C. office of consultant SKDKnickerbocker.

October 28, 2017

Spirit of '64
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Cincinnati, 10-11:30 a.m.

Two Miami grads will speak about "Spirit of '64: Miami University and the Enduring Legacy of Freedom Summer." Wil Haygood ('76) and Jeff Pegues ('92) are both authors of new works with racial themes == will address race in America during the event. Advance registration required at the event link.

October 30, 2017

After Full House
Hall Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Actress/activist Jodie Sweetin presents "After Full House: Acting, Addiction and Recovery" as a guest of Lecture Series. Free but required tickets are available at Hall Auditorium beginning at 6:30 p.m. Additionally, MJF students are invited to a press conference with Sweetin, 4:30 p.m., Williams Hall 107, with RSVPs requested to

November 2, 2017

Arsalan Iftikhar
Shriver Center Dolibois A, 4 p.m.

Media commentator and human rights lawyer Arsalan Iftikhar presents “Scapegoats: How Islam Helps Our Enemies and Threatens Our Freedoms."

November 6, 2017

The Bail Trap: American Ransom
Shideler Hall 001, 7 p.m.

MJF and AMS faculty members Carolyn Hardin, Glenn Muschert, Joe Sampson and Sarah Siff will lead a discussion about the documentary after a screening. The film focuses on how bail requirements in the U.S. criminal justice system prey on the most vulnerable.

November 9, 2017

The Making of Seven Days of Heroin
McGuffey Hall 322, 4:30 p.m.

Editors and reporters from The Cincinnati Enquirer present "The Making of Seven Days of Heroin." All MJF students and faculty are invited to hear about this ambitious work, produced by 60-plus staff members and presented in September as a seven-day diary about the heroin epidemic in Greater Cincinnati.

November 27, 2017

This is London
Williams Hall 107 (TV studio), 7 p.m.

Thomas Evans, who directs CNN news operations of 14 bureaus in Europe, Africa and Asia, will present "This is London: CNN's Role in News from Abroad." Moderator Joe Sampson, senior clinical faculty in the journalism program, and MJF students will produce a lively Q&A with Evans, incorporating clips of some of the biggest recent stories from CNN's international operations.

November 29, 2017

Miami Student Magazine Launch Party
Kofenya, 8-10 p.m.

Join staff members to celebrate the first-ever print issue of The Miami Student Magazine, featuring narrative and feature journalism from MJF students. The launch party will feature readings from the magazine and live entertainment from The Wrong Crowd.

December 7, 2017

Spirits of Rebellion
Kreger Hall 221, 5-7 p.m.

Screening of "Spirits of Rebellion: Black Independent Cinema from Los Angeles." Discussion to follow with Andy Rice, MJF assistant professor of film and comparative media studies, who co-produced, shot and edited this documentary.